Viewpoints

Grateful For The Pansies

I have a friend who’s a minister. She lives in Dallas, Texas, and in the 15 years I’ve known her, she’s worked very hard to cultivate a spirit of gratitude and grace in her life. She used to work on movie sets in Los Angeles in her younger years, but she developed chronic fatigue ...

Enjoying A Dog Show, Rare Breeds

Earlier this month, I enjoyed a part of a dog show at the county fairgrounds. My work schedule didn’t permit me to visit as much as I would have liked, but on Sunday, I did get to the show for the judging of several rare breeds. One of the great things about a dog show is seeing breeds you ...

The Right Is Coming For Birth Control

Editor’s Note: Leonard Pitts is on vacation and will not file columns Friday, June 14 through Friday, June 28, 2019. The column will resume on Tuesday, July 2. We are substituting Mary Sanchez today. Surfing conservative websites, it didn’t take long to find this nugget of backward ...

Oberlin Is Forced To Check Its Privilege

If there is one thing you learn about at Oberlin College, the notoriously progressive liberal arts college, it is surely privilege: white privilege, hetero privilege, gender privilege, you name it. Now, an Ohio jury has identified an entirely new variety, woke privilege, and resolved to hold ...

Canine Companion: Do Dogs Experience Any Emotions?

Hey, guys. I love this time of the week when I am able to spend a bit of time with my own community, share stories, and share information I have learned with you. I absolutely love all the corporations I write for, but being able to have a conversation with you through my writing just as I am ...

The Good Life: Did I Die? No, But I Did Cry

I am a hypochondriac. I have been one all my life. There are two types of hypochondriacs, quiet sobbers and loud moaners. I am a card-carrying member of the loud moaner type. My six grown children confirm this. Most adult children cherish fond memories of the first words their parents said to ...

Reworking The Language Of Women

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend I’ve known for more than two decades when, twice, she prefaced her opinion with, “I feel.” The third time she shared an opinion, she began with, “I think.” “Why do you do that?” I said. “I asked for your thoughts. I know it’s you ...

The Decline In Black Education

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the city’s specialized high schools have a diversity problem. He’s joined by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, educators, students and community leaders who want to fix the diversity problem. I bet you can easily guess what they ...

Lies The Liar Tells

When politicians talk in private, they regularly use a cruel shorthand. For example, a candidate who is uninformed, unreflective and uncurious is often branded a “lightweight,” as in, “He is so lightweight he could tap-dance on a souffle.” Conversely, a “heavyweight” would be a ...

Tweets, Stock Prices And Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally. Who knows of the tweets in advance? Trump knows, and there’s growing speculation that he might be showing tweets in the making ...

Flying Solo: The Maine Event

There are still quite a few places in the United States that I have yet to pay a visit and plan on seeing before covering the rest of the globe. This past weekend I decided to check Maine off that list and explore the coastal towns of Bar Harbor, Hancock, Acadia and Portland with my friend ...

Biden Joining Dems In Left Field

Editor’s Note: Michelle Malkin is off this week. The following is by Betsy McCaughey. Nineteen Democrats running for president took the stage in Iowa on Sunday to woo voters. It was a circus of left-wingers going bonkers for things most Americans don’t want. The front-runners back ...

Biden Takes Heat For Abortion Evolution

WASHINGTON — Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. The Democratic contest for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination has begun to pivot from the competition among self-identified progressive candidates to cutting Joe Biden’s wide early lead in the polls among the 23-candidate ...

Guarded Pains Of A Suffering Man: Nat’s Conclusion

Nat had arrived for a second session. He was clearly guarded, yet I could detect a suffering man. I only heard a portion of the whole that comprises Nat’s world. Before he could consider opening up further with me, he posited salient questions; inquiries into who I am. He needed and really ...

Where Are My Geese?

“I wonder what the geese are doing tonight.” Sung to one of my favorite (but aren’t they all?) songs from”Camelot,” it hangs in my mind day after day — well now into the second month. Yes, what are the geese doing? Their pattern hasn’t changed in all the years I’ve lived ...

Proud To Be A Papa

As much as I don’t feel I’ve done as good a job being a father, as I should have, and/or could have done, I can honestly say that I am so proud to be celebrating Father’s Day today, as a member of that group sometimes called “Papa.” I’m especially excited with this Father’s Day ...

Reeling For Decades, Losing A Family Member

It was the kind of day where when you got home, you took a look at the sky and breathed in the perfect air, blue sky, sunshine, 80 degrees, and just sighed. Close to heaven, such weather. That was Sunday, the 9th of June 2019. It hadn’t been an easy week. This week I found out my ...

Deeper And Deeper In Debt

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 ...

Not Even Trump Can Abolish Economic Laws

Economic laws don’t have a political party. They don?t care who is president, which party controls Congress, or how many protesters march for or against particular policies. Understanding those principles allows you to understand most of what goes on in society, even in those areas we don't ...

She Still Climbs Many Mountains

Doctors discovered that Julie Danielson had polio when she was in 8th grade at Southwestern Central High School. At the time, the disease infected tens of thousands of children in the United States every year, permanently disabling many of them. Julie left school for treatment (and ...